Delaware State Housing Authority Launches Resident Housing Survey to Inform Statewide Housing Needs Assessment

Dover, Del. February 21, 2023 - Now through Friday, March 31, the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) invites all residents to complete a confidential housing survey that will guide housing agencies and local jurisdictions in their efforts to:

  • Prioritize housing and housing-related services,
  • Develop more targeted program and policy responses, and
  • Better coordinate the use of federal, state, and local resources.

The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and can be accessed in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole at: https://delawarecommunitysurvey.com/. Responses will be reported in the aggregate in order to protect survey takers’ privacy. All eligible survey takers will be entered into ongoing drawings to win one of five $100 gift cards.

The survey, which is part of a comprehensive statewide housing needs assessment, seeks input on residents' current and past housing experiences, housing development preferences, and opinions on Delaware's housing market needs. Hearing directly from residents about their housing situation is imperative for creating effective responses to needs.

Additional components of the needs assessment include data collection and analysis of a variety of data sources, as well as stakeholder interviews and focus groups with residents, community leaders, and housing advocates. The final report will put forth recommendations to address various housing challenges, including the regulatory, financial, and other barriers to the construction of affordable housing. It will be published in late summer or early fall of this year.

"We must reckon with the housing crisis our state is currently experiencing. It's time to take a new, more aggressive approach, and I'm confident this housing needs assessment will help lead the way," said Eugene R. Young, Jr., Director of DSHA. "We were pleased to see the community so engaged and supportive during our recent Fiscal Year 2024 General Budget Hearing and look forward to ongoing engagement throughout this needs assessment process."

DSHA's most recent Housing Needs Assessment was released in 2015, and it can be viewed here: http://destatehousing.com/FormsAndInformation/needs.php.

This survey is not associated with political parties, legislation, or elections. Individuals who require an accommodation to participate in the survey can contact avilia@rootpolicy.com or call (970) 880-1415. An example of a reasonable accommodation would be taking the survey by phone because the survey is difficult to complete through a screen reader. Hard copies of the survey are also available by request.
 

ABOUT DELAWARE STATE HOUSING AUTHORITY

The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA), formed in 1968, is dedicated to providing quality, affordable housing opportunities, and appropriate supportive services to low- and moderate-income Delawareans. In addition to its role as the State's Housing Finance Agency, DSHA is unique in that it serves as a Public Housing Authority and a Community Development and Planning Agency. As a Public Housing Authority, DSHA receives funding from HUD to build, own, and operate public housing in Kent and Sussex counties, two of Delaware's three counties. For more information about the Delaware State Housing Authority, please call: (888) 363-8808 or visit our website at www.destatehousing.com.

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